I’m guessing it sorta goes like this:
Your friend Lauren told you about GMOs and how they are hiding in practically every processed food you can find on the market. You start doing your own research to see if what she was saying was true or if she is just a bit cray cray. What you find is astonishing. You learn about the bio-tech’s tie to “Big Food” and how everything is owned by greed and money.
You’re outraged, you’re upset, you’re determined.
You begin to learn which food companies deserve your support and try to find a local farmer’s market in your area. You realize it’s so important to meet and shake the hands of the farmer that produces your food. Unfortunately though, you’re not as lucky as Lauren is, and the farmer’s markets in your area royally suck. The only other logical solution is to grow your own food.
You build your beds, invest in soil, and then you hit a wall: what about seeds? You don’t want to buy any seeds that are affiliated with Monsanto or any other bio-tech corporation and you just aren’t sure if you can trust buying them at your local home improvement store.
And now, here you are. Desperately wanting some trusted sources so you can start your gardening journey and feel good that you aren’t supporting any of the bad guys. You want to know how to source non-gmo seeds but there are so many seed companies to choose from.
The good news? I have a company that I’ve grown to L-O-V-E and I think you’ll love them too (which will keep things simple)… SeedsNow.
I was recently introduced to SeedsNow through an acquaintance and she raved about how well the germination rate was on the seeds she started. Very curious, I went to their website and I immediately felt at home. The first thing I did was go to their about page and was greeted with this:
NONE OF THE SEEDS WE GROW OR SELL ARE FROM MONSANTO OR ANY OTHER COMPANY THAT IS AFFILIATED WITH GMOs.
ONLY 100% PURE RAW NATURAL UN-TREATED NON-HYBRIDIZED HEIRLOOM SEEDS.
If reading that doesn’t make you jump for joy, then the next thing I found will.
There is an optional four step process that categorizes and refines the best seeds for you. You do this by:
- Selecting your growing zone
- Selecting a seed category (i.e., types of veggies like gourds, cucumbers, basil, etc)
- Selecting seed personality 1 (i.e., super easy to grow, direct sow, grows best in containers, days to maturity)
- Selecting seed personality 2 (same as above to even refine your search more)
If you’re still uncertain about a variety or want to take a walk on the wild side and try seeds that are NOT in your grow zone, you can opt for their .99 cent trial seed pack — it really doesn’t get better than that.
This my friend, is fool proof gardening.
And if you consider yourself having a brown thumb or you’re ready to graduate from your “two-tomato wannabe farmer” status, then you might just have a better chance of succeeding in your garden when you get your seeds from SeedsNow. I can’t promise anything, but I can tell you that I have had great success with their seeds.
Although my heart now belongs to SeedsNow, there are other great seed companies you can support that are not owned by Monsanto or any bio-tech corporation.
Bakers Creek Seeds are known for their rare, heirloom varieties if you’re looking for something a little outside the garden box. They are more of the well-known supporters of the non-GMO food movement and preserving pure seed security. I did get a seed pack of snap peas that would never grow taller than 5 inches and would sprout ONE snap pea. It could have just been a fluke seed pack but I still found it extremely weird.
I have also used High Mowing Organic Seeds because a local urban garden store carries them. I have had good success with these seeds as well.
I did find that my SeedsNow seeds out germinated the other seed companies. I can’t be 100% sure, but I feel like it’s because the seeds I selected from SeedsNow were proven to thrive in the area I am in.
Honestly, when sourcing non-GMO seeds it comes down to user-friendly websites and what message sticks with you best.
For me? I’m sticking with SeedsNow because I really do love everything about the company; I love how I can pick seeds for my zone, I love their sense of community, I love the germination rate, and I love supporting a company that upholds the same values I do.
You’ll want to stay tuned over the next few weeks as I show you how I put my seeds to use (growing sprouts for chickens, tips for creating a pollinator-friendly garden, and a super cool pallet project I’m DYING to show you).
This post is sponsored by SeedsNow and contains affiliate links. However, the opinions and photos are of my own. Authenticity is important so I would never promote any brand or product that I wholeheartedly don’t believe in. My readers are my number one priority and I always recommend companies and products that I believe will benefit my readers.